64 entries in Illusions / Harmed & Healed / Miscellaneous
Creators Title Comments & References Year Source Page AA Categories
To cut off ones head, and to laie it in a platter, &c: which the jugglers call the decollation of John Baptist decapitation illusion
Related to 1584 198
How to seeme to cut off a mans head, it is called the decollation of John Baptist decapitation illusion
Related to 1634 34
Colonel Stodare The Indian Basket Trick
1876 477
Laurie Ireland The Human Pin Cushion Torture Box woman standing in box is pierced with spikes
Ireland's Yearbooks (Issue Yearbook 1937)
The Sword Box
1938 955
The New Sword Cabinet
1938 956
U. F. Grant The Head Pincushion
1938 957
Al Baker One Night idea for dagger chest illusion
Feb. 1944
The Phoenix (Issue 54)
Alyett Le grand supplice illusion act, person is beheaded and interchanges with executioner, followed by german translation "Die grosse Qual"
Mar. 1946 5
Bob Evison Humor-Hypnose piercing a person's head with a sword, under handkerchief, only images
Also published here 1954
Hokus Pokus (Vol. 15 No. 1)
Lane Bateman Arm Cutting Illusion Plans box with hinge, arm inside is cut and box can be folded to show separation, construction details
Ireland's Yearbooks (Issue Yearbook 1959)
The Sword Box
1972 344
The Penetrating Steel Bars
1972 347
The Indestructible Girl
1972 350
David "Fu Manchu" Bamberg The Cremation Illusion assistant is burnt in a cabinet and skeleton can be seen, then assistant appears somewhere else
1973 219
Rudy Roxo The Chest of Celestial Bliss spike box
1974 30
The Sword Cabinet with vanish ans reappearance
1976 265
The Cremation Illusion burnt in a box
1976 273
The Indian Basket Illusion person vanishes and appears in basket, sword is pushed through basket
1976 281
The Guillotine Illusioin
1976 285
Blutlose Chirurgie patter
Dec. 1978
Intermagic (Vol. 5 No. 4)
Theo "Okito" Bamberg Okito Sawing an Arm in Half inside a box
1978/76 260
Jack Hughes The French Guillotine illusion, head guillotine
1981 13
Jack Hughes The Homicide Illusion assistant in cabinet, cabinet is sawed in half, folded and pierced with rod
1981 144
Jack Hughes Dagger Chest daggers through head
1981 176
Jack Hughes Television Head Chest dagger chest with Television design
1981 178
Peter Wilker Gedanken zum Schwerterkasten on the sword box
Hokus Pokus (Vol. 44 No. 3)
Terry Seabrooke The Neck Spiker bits of business for Jack Hughes Neck Spiker, spike through spectator's neck
Inspired by
  • Jack Hughe's "The Neck Spiker" in "The Jack Hughes World of Magic - Volume 2" 1985
1986 79
Jim Steinmeyer Perforation girl in box penetrated by multiple long knifes
1991 31
Jim Steinmeyer The Lady in the Puzzle person trapped in puzzle box which is taken apart and reassembled
1991 93
Harry Anderson Arm Amputation chopping hand illusion with meat cleaver
1993 51
Alan Wakeling Excalibur Substitution Trunk combined with sword cabinet, method not described
1993 302
Alan Wakeling, MacDonald Birch Divided in Four kind of sawing into four pieces, method not described
1993 308
Alan Wakeling The Spiker modernized sword basked with vanishing and reappearing woman, method not described
1993 314
Alan Wakeling The Electric Maiden modernized Iron Maiden, penetration by many spikes
1993 329
Jim Steinmeyer The Plate Glass Mystery
  • Conjuring
person pierced by glass plates in box
Inspired by
  • P. T. Selbit's glass plate illusion
May 1993
Magic (Vol. 2 No. 9)
Tom Stone Impromptu Interlude hand through body of spectator
1996 36
Gary Darwin Darwin's Exorcist Live! Woman brought on stage begins to get possessed by a demon, head floats around, body levitates etc.
1998 39
Chad Sanborn The Cloned Lady Hand pulled off a lady, and then put back
1998 42
Andrew Mayne One Vicious Paper-Cut strange interlude with a paper bag and head, head apparently removed and placed in bag
1998 44
Andrew Mayne A Cool Thing to Do When You Have a Towel on Your Head head twister using a towel
Also published here 1998 52
Jim Steinmeyer The Three-Space Mystery
  • Conjuring
tubes penetrate cabinet with person inside, mirror
Sep. 1999
Magic (Vol. 9 No. 1)
Masklyn ye Mage Innerspection from Daemon's Diary, performer inserts his whole head into an assistant's mouth who is lying on his back
Oct. 2000
Genii (Vol. 63 No. 10)
Paul Osborne Crushing a Woman
  • Osborne Illusions
Feb. 2001
Genii (Vol. 64 No. 2)
Paul Osborne Divido center vanishes
June 2001
Genii (Vol. 64 No. 6)
Paul Osborne Lumberjack's Dream head sawn off
June 2001
Genii (Vol. 64 No. 6)
Paul Osborne, Tim White Tim White's Jungillusion cage, combined with Things that Go Bump in the Night
June 2001
Genii (Vol. 64 No. 6)
Paul Osborne So That's How It Works!
  • Osborne Illusions
with fake explanation
Aug. 2001
Genii (Vol. 64 No. 8)
David Berglas Magic Fingers small illusion, hand on a black board, fingers can be moved away from the hand
2002 165
Andrew Mayne Facelifter box with cut out is placed over head, head is turned, stretched and eventually removed
2002 5
Paul Osborne Sword Holders
  • Osborne Illusions
Feb. 2003
Genii (Vol. 66 No. 2)
Paul Osborne The Torture Screens
  • Osborne Illusions
sword box
June 2003
Genii (Vol. 66 No. 6)
Paul Osborne Abbott's "Painless Surgery"
  • Osborne Illusions
hand is cut off on a board
Oct. 2003
Genii (Vol. 66 No. 10)
Andrew Mayne Twist-O-Rama head twister using a towel
Also published here 2003 32
Andrew Mayne The Incredible Elevator Shrinking Machine gag, apparently shrinking in elevator
2003 34
Andrew Mayne Light Storm assistant holding lamp penetrates stomach of performer, with held board as cover
2004 4
Jim Steinmeyer, De Yip "Louie" Loo The Travel "Based on De Yip Loo's Original Effect"
person standing in box, ten swords pushed in at the left side, all slid to right side one by one to slice person which emerges unharmed
2009 191
Jim Steinmeyer Trouble "A Dissected Box"
person in square box, box is opened accordion/zig-zag like, person comes out unharmed
2009 221
Jim Steinmeyer Cube-ism "Apparatus that Comes and Goes"
person in box in front of a folding painting, vanishes and re-appears
2009 229
Bob Evison Puncture Proof piercing a person's head with a sword, under handkerchief, only images
Also published here Nov./Dec. 2012
Genii (Vol. 75 No. 11 & 12)
Mike Caveney Halloween Card Stab on the back of a kneeling assistant, person stabbed
2013 141
Jim Steinmeyer The Petite Illusion
  • Conjuring
on the Cane Cabinet
Oct. 2014
Genii (Vol. 77 No. 10)
Christoph Borer Die gerechte Strafe sword jammed in arm
2016 182
Martin Lewis Human Brain Vivisection
  • Making Magic
stabbing the head under a paper bag
Sep. 2017
Genii (Vol. 80 No. 9)